"Working better together!"
Growing up on a dairy farm in Highland township in Wright County, Jeff previously worked for organizations such as the US Forest Service and Minnesota Environmental Partnership before serving his neighbors as a City Councilmember in Saint Peter for two terms. At that time he also served as a board member for the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and a member of a Region 9 commission.
Brand was elected State Representative of District 19A in 2018, using his abilities and reputation as an elected official to bring citizens and officials together in order to build on the concept of a stronger community. He knows that a brighter future for all Minnesotans requires a new brand of leadership that listens and acts on consensus.
As an advocate for Greater Minnesota, Jeff has already proven himself as a representative on behalf of his constituents. In the Minnesota House of Representatives, he helped pass Bailey's bill, funding the deadly section of Highway 14 from Nicollet to New Ulm, and secured funding for grain bin safety cost-sharing through the passage of Landon's law. Our state is better with Jeff as our next Representative.
Jeff & wife Genevieve are also successful & expanding small business owners in Saint Peter, where they raise their two young children.
Rep. Brand is endorsed by many organization including labor, law enforcement and both the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation and Minnesota Farmer's Union.
Rural Raised, Serves Rural Minnesota
Jeff grew up on a dairy farm in Highland Township north of Howard Lake, Minnesota. After graduation he went on to graduate from Vermilion Community College with a 2 year degree and certification in the National Park Service Law Enforcement Academy. After working for the US Forest Service and other entities near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, he settled down in Southern Minnesota after attending college at Minnesota State University - Mankato.
His experience in politics started with an opportunity to organize outdoor enthusiasts as a Field Organizer in Southern Minnesota for the Minnesota Environmental Partnership. When the economy went into recession and grant funding for the program dried up, he did what he could to pay the mortgage and support his wife in graduate school at the University of Minnesota.
In 2011 members of the Saint Peter community asked him to consider running for City Council in Saint Peter upon the retirement of another member. Jeff was successful because he did the investigation into what the needs of the community were and tried to find solutions to support a growing economy, new housing options for families and seniors, and ways to improve the quality of life for the community. In 2015 Jeff was reelected to a second term as Councilmember.
He became a Board Member for the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, advocating for greater allocations of property tax relief, resources for new home and apartment construction, broadband internet service for rural areas, and more dollars for transportation projects across Minnesota. Jeff was able to work with members from both sides of the aisle to procure these resources at the Minnesota Legislature.
And back in Saint Peter things continue to prosper - such as a new High School and Community Spirit Park, a joint venture between the City of Saint Peter and School District #508. Several road improvements have been made, and housing & economic developments continue to spring up across the community. The Solace project is nearly completed after a 5-year process and will accommodate families and save taxpayers money by providing recovery resources in house for mothers and their children. Recently, Jeff voted with colleagues to expand the River's Edge Hospital with a $44 million investment.